Praise for success of Gateway careers programme

GATEWAY SUCCESS: Hangaroa school leaver Matheson Campbell received the award as the top Year 13 achiever at Gateway this year. He is pictured with Gisborne Boys’ High Gateway co-ordinator Chick Bridge and his employer Mark De Costa. Matheson’s parents have sung the praises of the Gateway programme. Picture supplied

THE parents of a Gisborne Boys’ High School student who successfully completed the school’s Gateway programme have heaped praise on the way it helped their son decide on his future career.

One of the employers involved in the school programme has also sung its praises.

Boys’ and Girls’ High, Lytton and Campion all provide Gateway programmes for their students, designed to help students identify their preferred careers.

Matheson Campbell, youngest son of Alex and Megen Campbell of Awapapa Station at Hangaroa, received the prize for the top Year 13 achiever in the Boys' High programme.

He was one of 40 students put through the school’s Gateway this year across a wide range of trades: building, plumbing, electrical, engineering, tiling, glazing, painting and decorating, retail, real estate, agricultural contracting, forestry and farming.

“They get work experience at the trades they choose, one day a week,” said the school’s Gateway co-ordinator Chick Bridge.

“It gives them a gauge on what they might want to do when they leave school.”

Alex Campbell said Matheson was their fourth son to go through the programme.

“The programme has been a great success for our family.

“The school provided a very sound education for the boys and it has been great to have them living at home with us in the process, as opposed to going to boarding school which many rural families prefer.

“The Gateway programme has been a real boost for the boys in the later years at school and a great chance for them to seek careers and employers of their own choice.

“It has made them enthusiastic about leaving school for the right reasons.

“We have so much respect and appreciation for the school’s programme.”

Mr Campbell said Matheson had spent time learning farming with Len Hall, operating machinery for De Costa enterprises, and equipment construction with Parker Engineering over the past two years.

“It has broadened his experience and options and he intends to pursue a university qualification in 2019, with an eye to a future in a farming-type business.

“In the meantime he looks forward very much to getting into a work routine and gaining practical experience and qualifications associated with heavy machinery in full-time work at De Costa Enterprises.”

At the recent Boys’ High Gateway prize-giving ceremony, employer participant Andy Jefferd was full of praise for it.

“This is an exceptional concept that gives young achievers with ambition, whatever their academic success, the opportunity to be involved in careers.”

Mr Jefferd praised the benefit for employers to be involved in giving youngsters a chance and to potentially become involved as valuable participants in their business.

Mr Campbell said his sons had gained in motivation and work ethic.

“We have no doubt the Boys’ High culture and the Gateway programme have played a big part in guiding the boys into making good independent career choices and being highly regarded by their employers.”

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The Girls’ High Gateway programme had 35 students pass through it this year in a variety of industries, including agriculture, forestry, retail, joinery, radio broadcasting, health, youth work, catering, early childcare and vet nursing.

“Many of our students completed 80-plus hours in the workplace, along with industries units including NZ certificates,” said co-ordinator Jo Graham.

“Our top Gateway student for 2017, Tyler Burgess, completed BCITIO Gateway carpentry at Kitchenzone and has now got a Joinery apprenticeship with them.

“The students leaving school who were involved in Gateway now have a better idea and transition plan for either further study or secured employment.

“For those returning, they will either further build on what they have learnt, or have the confidence to look at other opportunities.”

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Lytton High had 40 through the programme.

“Our top Year 13 Gateway student this year was Ahirana Waata Amai, who did a work placement with Waikirikiri School in their new entrants class,” said co-ordinator Angela Newman.

“She has applied to Victoria University where she is planning to do a BA in Maori, and then a post grad teaching qualification.

“We offer a really diverse range of opportunities, ranging from building industries, primary schools, beauty therapy, D0C, farming and SPCA to retailers, electricians and the hospitality sector.

“It’s a fantastic way for our students to explore pathways they are interested in and want to explore, and enables them to build up their CV and network, and make new contacts in the community.”

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Campion College had 20 successful Gateway placements during 2017.

“One success is Anaysha Scandlyn-O’Connor, achieving the Level 3 National Certificate in Radio Broadcasting, while in a work placement at Turanga FM. Anaysha now hosts her own show,” said co-ordinator Sue Peard.

“Through Gateway, students make connections with employers as they commit to the responsibilities required for real learning in a diverse range of workplaces, plus gaining direction towards successful career futures."

THE parents of a Gisborne Boys’ High School student who successfully completed the school’s Gateway programme have heaped praise on the way it helped their son decide on his future career.

One of the employers involved in the school programme has also sung its praises.

Boys’ and Girls’ High, Lytton and Campion all provide Gateway programmes for their students, designed to help students identify their preferred careers.

Matheson Campbell, youngest son of Alex and Megen Campbell of Awapapa Station at Hangaroa, received the prize for the top Year 13 achiever in the Boys' High programme.

He was one of 40 students put through the school’s Gateway this year across a wide range of trades: building, plumbing, electrical, engineering, tiling, glazing, painting and decorating, retail, real estate, agricultural contracting, forestry and farming.

“They get work experience at the trades they choose, one day a week,” said the school’s Gateway co-ordinator Chick Bridge.

“It gives them a gauge on what they might want to do when they leave school.”

Alex Campbell said Matheson was their fourth son to go through the programme.

“The programme has been a great success for our family.

“The school provided a very sound education for the boys and it has been great to have them living at home with us in the process, as opposed to going to boarding school which many rural families prefer.

“The Gateway programme has been a real boost for the boys in the later years at school and a great chance for them to seek careers and employers of their own choice.

“It has made them enthusiastic about leaving school for the right reasons.

“We have so much respect and appreciation for the school’s programme.”

Mr Campbell said Matheson had spent time learning farming with Len Hall, operating machinery for De Costa enterprises, and equipment construction with Parker Engineering over the past two years.

“It has broadened his experience and options and he intends to pursue a university qualification in 2019, with an eye to a future in a farming-type business.

“In the meantime he looks forward very much to getting into a work routine and gaining practical experience and qualifications associated with heavy machinery in full-time work at De Costa Enterprises.”

At the recent Boys’ High Gateway prize-giving ceremony, employer participant Andy Jefferd was full of praise for it.

“This is an exceptional concept that gives young achievers with ambition, whatever their academic success, the opportunity to be involved in careers.”

Mr Jefferd praised the benefit for employers to be involved in giving youngsters a chance and to potentially become involved as valuable participants in their business.

Mr Campbell said his sons had gained in motivation and work ethic.

“We have no doubt the Boys’ High culture and the Gateway programme have played a big part in guiding the boys into making good independent career choices and being highly regarded by their employers.”

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The Girls’ High Gateway programme had 35 students pass through it this year in a variety of industries, including agriculture, forestry, retail, joinery, radio broadcasting, health, youth work, catering, early childcare and vet nursing.

“Many of our students completed 80-plus hours in the workplace, along with industries units including NZ certificates,” said co-ordinator Jo Graham.

“Our top Gateway student for 2017, Tyler Burgess, completed BCITIO Gateway carpentry at Kitchenzone and has now got a Joinery apprenticeship with them.

“The students leaving school who were involved in Gateway now have a better idea and transition plan for either further study or secured employment.

“For those returning, they will either further build on what they have learnt, or have the confidence to look at other opportunities.”

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Lytton High had 40 through the programme.

“Our top Year 13 Gateway student this year was Ahirana Waata Amai, who did a work placement with Waikirikiri School in their new entrants class,” said co-ordinator Angela Newman.

“She has applied to Victoria University where she is planning to do a BA in Maori, and then a post grad teaching qualification.

“We offer a really diverse range of opportunities, ranging from building industries, primary schools, beauty therapy, D0C, farming and SPCA to retailers, electricians and the hospitality sector.

“It’s a fantastic way for our students to explore pathways they are interested in and want to explore, and enables them to build up their CV and network, and make new contacts in the community.”

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Campion College had 20 successful Gateway placements during 2017.

“One success is Anaysha Scandlyn-O’Connor, achieving the Level 3 National Certificate in Radio Broadcasting, while in a work placement at Turanga FM. Anaysha now hosts her own show,” said co-ordinator Sue Peard.

“Through Gateway, students make connections with employers as they commit to the responsibilities required for real learning in a diverse range of workplaces, plus gaining direction towards successful career futures."

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